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Teen arrested for stealing guns from cars in Wadsworth

Jacob T. Newton, 19, of Wadsworth

A 19-year-old Wadsworth teen is in custody after police say he broke into two cars and stole a handgun from each car, and it all happened on the same street.

Jacob T. Newton, 19, of the 39600 block of North Delany Road in Wadsworth, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of possession of a firearm without a FOID card.

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that on July 31, a homeowner in the 14000 block of West August Zupec Drive in Wadsworth reported that one of his vehicles that was parked in his driveway was burglarized overnight.

Covelli said that a handgun was among the items stolen.

A second homeowner on the same street also reported that his vehicle was burglarized and a gun was stolen, Covelli added.

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Police said that Newton was caught on home surveillance video during one of the burglaries. The video was shared on social media and several leads were generated, authorities said.

Police transported Newton on August 1 to meet with detectives who determined that he was responsible for the two vehicle burglaries. Both of the guns stolen during the burglaries were recovered.

Newton was released after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond. He is due back in court on August 9.


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